Mark Bautz
November 08, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Live in Concert

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Natalie Merchant
Producers
Elektra

We gave it a B+

On Live in Concert, Merchant provides a tutorial on what makes a standout live album: different-enough versions of the hits (”Wonder”) so skeptics feel like their money is well spent; offbeat covers (”Space Oddity”) to surprise know-it-alls; and all the spontaneity of performance with none of the self-indulgence (no talk or drum solos!). It doesn’t hurt that her emotion-filled pipes can go from a whisper to a scream in six bars or less.

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